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2 Released in 2001, the Positive Ageing Strategy has spanned across multiple governments. The Strategy articulates the Government’s commitment to positive ageing. It recognises: the value and importance of lifelong good health and wellbeing that older people have an abundance of skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to our country that we all have an interest in ensuring that older people can be active participants in society for as long as they possibly can. Background

3 “New Zealand will be a positive place in which to age when older people can say that they live in a society that values them, acknowledges their contributions and encourages their participation.” Positive Ageing Strategy - 2001

4 Positive Ageing Strategy goals (1-5) 1.Income - secure and adequate income for older people 2.Health - equitable, timely, affordable and accessible health services for older people 3.Housing - affordable and appropriate housing options for older people 4.Transport - affordable and accessible transport options for older people 5.Ageing in the Community - older people feel safe and secure and can age in the community

5 Positive Ageing Strategy goals (6-10) 6.Cultural Diversity - a range of culturally appropriate services allows choices for older people 7.Rural Services - older people living in rural communities are not disadvantaged when accessing services 8.Positive Attitudes - people of all ages have positive attitudes to ageing and older people 9.Employment Opportunities - elimination of ageism and the promotion of flexible work options 10. Opportunities for Personal Growth and Participation - increasing opportunities for personal growth and community participation

6 Purpose of report To encourage discussion and debate around an ageing population and what it will mean for New Zealand To encourage organisations (central, local and non government) to plan for an ageing population

7 An changing population New Zealand’s ageing population will become more noticeable in the next 20 years as the last of the post-World War II ‘baby boomers’ group reach 65. The ageing population is projected to continue due mainly to longer lifespans and a flat birth rate.

8 Let’s not forget Our ageing society is one of our greatest achievements: a growing number of older people are in good health, have valuable skills and experience and are making a significant contribution to our economy and society. Positive and active ageing is critical: if we’re to tackle the challenge of population ageing and grow New Zealand’s productivity, we must enable people to stay active as they grow older and to continue contributing to society.

9 The numbers

10 Growing older population Shrinking younger population Age groups as % of population

11 Regional changes 11

12 What this means 12

13 Older people as consumers and workers

14 What this means

15 15 Diversity of older people – Placeholder for factsheet

16 16 What this means

17 Older people today – nationwide information

18 Older people today – local level 18

19 Report summary Here are some questions contained in the report against each goal These are open questions for your organisation and/or local community to help generate debate and discussion on what an ageing population will mean for today and the future

20 Questions for you Income How do we encourage better financial capability and more retirement savings, especially among those aged 45–64? What options do people receiving KiwiSaver at 65 have to invest and manage their money wisely? How can we ensure that people aged 45–64 who are at risk of hardship are financially okay when full-time paid work is no longer feasible?

21 Questions for you Health What are the resourcing implications of having appropriate services to enable older people to live at home for as long as they choose to? How can we address the likely shortage of health professionals and carers? How can we improve access to health services for older people in rural areas?

22 Questions for you Housing How can more publicity be given to the growing number of housing options for older people to help them make well informed choices? How can we encourage industry and community groups to become involved in designing and supplying suitable housing that meets older people’s needs, particularly in applying universal design principles and looking at suitable models for ethnic groups such as Māori?

23 Questions for you Transport What options are available in rural regions to enable older people without driver licences to get better access to transport? How do we make sure mobility scooters are safe for users and the wider public?

24 Questions for you Ageing in the Community What are the underlying causes of elder abuse and neglect, and how should we address them? How could government and community organisations, communities and individuals work better together to address the issue of social isolation?

25 Questions for you Cultural Diversity What can we do to ensure that older ethnic populations stay connected to the wider community? What are the implications of providing services for an older ethnic population? Are we giving them enough attention?

26 Questions for you Rural Services How can we better service and co- ordinate specialist health visits for older people in hard-to-reach areas?

27 Questions for you Positive Attitudes How can we help businesses and the wider public to better understand the positive contributions of older people and the growing value of older consumers?

28 Questions for you Employment Opportunities How can employers and employees better understand the consequences of an ageing workforce, including the benefits of older people’s participation? Are government agencies planning enough for an ageing workforce? If not, what are the barriers?

29 Questions for you Opportunities for Personal Growth and Participation Are older people’s needs and wants adequately integrated into community decision-making? How can we include younger people in discussions about services for older people, and promote a more cohesive community for all ages?

30 Your role Here are suggestions for how you can get involved: If you are with a local council, do you have a way for people to let their voice be heard in planning for an ageing population? If not have you considered holding a local forum to discuss the questions in the report with your community? If you are a with a central government agency, have you considered how the ageing population will affect your policy decisions in the near, medium and long term future? If it will, have you considered ways for older people to have a voice in your policy decisions? If you are a member of the public, you can talk to your council to see what they are doing older people in your community. You can contact the Office for Senior Citizens at if you would like to discuss the

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